|Letter from Los Angeles
||Tuesday | 18 October 2016
Sweet Day in El Lay
Los Angeles, California: Dave and I have a
self-imposed three-night maximum in Las Vegas. Three nights are all our lungs,
wallets and livers can handle.
MGM Grand Stay-Well King Room
We stayed in a
Stay Well room at the MGM Grand Hotel. The Stay Well
rooms feature fancy air purification systems, luxurious mattresses, aroma
therapy, soothing lighting and a shower with Vitamin-C-infused water (why?). I chose this room
only because I found a $79 deal (+ + +)
months ago. The room was super comfortable, we had a nice view, the "free" wifi was
lightning fast, but the second we left the sanctuary of the Stay Well room
on the Stay Well floor, we were still in a smoke-filled casino, so our
clothes simply reeked of cigarette smoke. Blech.
I hated hugging my grandchildren with that
scent on my clothes. (Especially when Leo is so very anti-smoking,
proclaiming if anyone smokes even ONE cigarette they will DIE. No idea where
he gets his information.)
But hug we did, flying the 50-minute shuttle from Las Vegas to Burbank
Monday afternoon. Lisa and Lenny fed us dinner and we helped with the bedtime bath and
reading routine. There is a new segment to the bedtime ritual - Leo now has
homework! Mostly worksheets.
This morning, after the kids were deposited to their preschool (Lucy) and
kindergarten (Leo), Lisa and Lenny packed their suitcases and sped-away for
a several-night get-away. Bubba and Bubbe are in charge!
Since we didn't have to fetch the grandchildren from school until early afternoon,
Dave and I went to Homestate for a late breakfast/early lunch. Dave had yet to
try this wonderful cafe, only open 8a-3p, serving Tex-Mex breakfast
specialties. We talked with the owner for quite a while and sampled a few of her
very popular dishes - beef brisket migas, an egg white, mushroom & cheese
breakfast taco, and their famous queso dip.
We did not begin to finish our food, but can attest to it's
I fetched Lucy from her preschool. While Lucy (and Bubbe) napped, Dave
picked Leo up from kindergarten and took him for an ice cream. How sweet.
You know our chocolate-lover chose dark chocolate ice cream. I think there
is a good chance this dark chocolate afficianado is my grandson.
Later: Children fed. Homework finished. Bathed. Teeth
brushed. Books read. Rocked. Lullabied. Sleeping.
Day One is in the books!
Until my next update, I remain, your happy correspondent.
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